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Easter services ...

Catholic services: • Good Friday: Veneration of the cross and communion, 3 p.m. today (March 25), Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil Mass, 8 p.m. March 26, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Easter Sunday: March 27. Mass at 8:30 a.m. at Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel and noon at NASP Corry Station chapel. Protestant services: • Good Friday: Noon, March 25, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Easter Sunday: 10:15 a.m. March 27, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Younger Louder Later Contemporary Service: 6 p.m. March 27, All Faiths Chapel. • Easter Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m. March 27, Five Flags Pavilion. For more Easter events and services, see pages 4B and 5B

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NAS Pensacola changes command

VT-86 to change command March 31 From staff reports

Command of NAS Pensacola’s Training Squadron 86 (VT-86) “SabreHawks” is scheduled to change hands March 31 at 10 a.m. in the VT-86/Blue Angel Hangar (Bldg. 1854). Cmdr. Joseph Losievsky will relieve Marine Lt. Col. William P. Donnelly. Donnelly’s

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Command of Naval Air Station Pensacola changed hands yesterday, March 24, as Capt. Christopher T. Martin relieved Capt. Keith Hoskins in a ceremony held in the National Naval Aviation Museum. Hoskins also retired from the Navy during a ceremony following the change of command.

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, streak over downtown Pensacola before meeting with the media and public March 21.

Pensacola mayor declares Blue Angels Homecoming Day Cmdr. Joseph Losievsky

next station will be the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks in Carlisle, Penn. Losievsky grew up in Mount Prospect, Ill. and graduated with a bachelor of science in operations research from the United States Military Academy in 1997, and also holds a master of science in systems analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School. Following his graduation from West Point, he was commissioned an ensign in May 1997 and designated a naval aviator in October 2000. Upon

Story, photo By MC1 Andrea Perez U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron Public Affairs

U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, returned to Pensacola, after the completion of a nearly three-month training deployment to California, and were greeted by city officials and fans at the National Naval Aviation Museum March 21. In an official proclamation, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward de-

clared March 21, 2016, Blue Angels Homecoming Day, as the team celebrated the start of its 70th anniversary year. Retired Rear Adm. David Anderson, a Blue Angel from 1985-1987, welcomed the team home and spoke about how grateful he was to have Pensacola as a hometown when he was with the team. “Pensacola, I give you the 2016 Blue Angels to take care of for us,” said See Blues are back on page 2

completion of undergraduate pilot training, he was transferred to the VF-101 “Grim Reapers” at NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va., for replacement pilot training in the F-14B Tomcat. Losievsky’s initial See VT-86 on page 2

Capt. Keith Hoskins

Born and raised in Tennessee, Martin enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1984. His first duty station was with the “Tigertails” of VAW-125 in Norfolk, Va., where he served as an aviation electronics technician, air warfare qualified. He was selected for a fleet NROTC scholarship and subsequently attended Auburn University earning a bachelor of science degree in aviation management and received his commission as an ensign in December 1992. Upon graduation, he commenced his flight training with assignments to VT-4 at NAS Pensacola and VT-27 See NAS Pensacola on page 2

Events commemorate 50th anniversary of Vietnam War From staff reports

Rear Adm. Mike White, commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), congratulates Master Chief Mamudu K. Cole upon his assumption of the office of NETC Force Master Chief (FORCM). Photo by Joy Samsel Lt. Col. William P. Donnelly

Capt. Christopher T. Martin

NETC’s new FORCM steps up By Ens. James A. Griffin NETC Public Affairs

The Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) welcomed a new force master chief (FORCM) during a change of office ceremony, March 10. FORCM Mamudu K.

Cole relieved FORCM Jon D. Port in a brief ceremony at the training headquarters. The NETC top enlisted office was the final billet during Port’s 30-year naval career. The NETC force master chief’s role is defined as a See FORCM on page 2

Two local events are planned as part of a national salute to Vietnam War veterans. Barrancas National Cemetery has scheduled a commemoration event for 9 a.m. March 29 at Shelter A, 1 Cemetery Road. The Department of Veterans Affairs Pensacola Vet Center staff has scheduled a commemoration event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at the center, 4504 Twin Oaks Drive. During the event, Vet Center staff will give special lapel pins (see

inset photo) to veterans who served on active duty from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975. VA Vet Centers specialize in providing readjustment counseling services. Veterans can speak confidentially with a Vet Center counselor at any time by calling 1-877-WARVETS (877-927-8387). For more about VA Vet Centers, go to www.vetcenter.va.gov. You can contact the Pensacola Vet Center at 456-5886. According to the Department of Veterans Af-

fairs, 9 million Americans served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War; approximately 7 million are living today. More than 58,000 Americans lost their lives. A congressionally authorized program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War kicked off in 2012 and will continue through Veterans Day 2025. For more information about the Vietnam War Commemoration program, go to www. vietnam war 50th.com.

Women’s History Month event ... A Women’s History Month celebration is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 29 in the Charles E. Taylor Hangar at Chevalier Hall. The NASP Diversity Committee and the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Diversity Council are teaming up to present the event. The two-hour presentation is scheduled to include several events including presentations from NATTC Executive Officer Cmdr. Scott Sherman and guest speaker Dr. Lusharon Wiley as well as a question-and-answer session and presentation from Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E) Fleet Master Chief April D. Beldo. The national theme for the 2016 Women’s History Month is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.”

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NMCRS annual fund drive: Still time to make a difference From CID Public Affairs

Northwest Florida regional coordinators for the annual Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) active-duty fund drive are counting down the final days to raise funds that directly benefit Sailors, Marines and their families. The drive is scheduled to run until March 31. Command key person volunteers are making a final push to reach 100 percent personal contact goals with all Navy and Marine Corp personnel assigned to the area’s 126 commands to allow each Sailor and Marine the opportunity to participate. “The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society provides financial assistance to Sailors and Marines through a variety of life’s challenges,” said Lt. Cmdr. Charles Mayfield, NMCRS 2016 fund drive regional coor-

In Washington, D.C., Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson completes a contribution form March 17 for the NavyMarine Corps Relief Society. Photo by MC1 Nathan Laird

dinator. “The fund drive has no financial amount goal, only a 100 percent contact goal that helps to educate active-duty members about the society’s programs and gives them a

chance to contribute.” The NMCRS raises funds for programs and support services through repayment of interestfree loans, proceeds from thrift shops, the reserve fund, and

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fleet assignment was with the VF-103 “Jolly Rogers” stationed at NAS Oceana from February 2002 to January 2005. While assigned to VF-103, he completed combat deployments aboard the USS George Washington (CVN 73) and USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) in support of operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. While assigned to the Jolly Rogers, Losievsky served as public affairs officer, MWR officer, assistant aircraft division officer, LANTIRN targeting system officer and landing signal officer. Following the completion of his initial operational tour, Losievsky reported to the 114th Fighter Squadron, Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base, Klamath Falls, Ore. in February 2005 for initial training in the F-15C Eagle as part of DoD’s Personnel Exchange Program (PEP). After qualifying as an F-15C pilot, Losievsky subsequently reported to the 44th Fighter Squadron “Vampire Bats,” Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan in August 2005. While assigned to the 44th FS, Losievsky served as schedules officer, flight commander and assistant weapons and tactics officer, and qualified as an F15C instructor pilot and mission commander. Upon completion of his PEP tour, Losievsky reported to the VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” in September, 2007 for F/A-18E transition training and was subsequently assigned to the VFA-137 “Kestrels” for his department head tour, from March 2008 to November 2010. As a department head, he served as safety officer, administration officer and Maintenance Officer, and completed a combat deployment aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Losievsky reported to the National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va., in December 2010 where he served as the Education and Training division head and then director of training and education at the School of Warfighter Support. Following his tour at the NRO, Commander Losievsky reported to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va., where he served as the future operations (J-35) branch chief from June 2012 to May 2014. He reported to NASP in June 2014 and served as the VT-86 executive officer from December 2014 through March 2016. Losievsky has accumulated more than 2,800 flight hours and more than 475 arrested carrier landings. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (2), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit, campaign and service awards.

and VT-31, both in Corpus Christi, Texas, earning his “Wings of Gold” in July 1995. Following designation as a naval aviator, Martin reported to the “Greyhawks” of VAW-120 for further flight training and carrier qualification in the E-2C “Hawkeye” aircraft. Upon completion of training at VAW-120, he reported to the “Bluetails” of VAW-121 in November 1996 where he deployed onboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) for her maiden voyage around the world. In February 2000, Martin reported back to the “Greyhawks” of VAW120 as an instructor pilot and training landing signal officer. After a successful tour there, he was selected to report for duty as an air wing landing signal officer for Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17) in October 2002 making deployments onboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) and USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) participating in combat operations in support of Operation Southern Watch. In January of 2005, Martin re-

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ported to the “Bear Aces” of VAW124, serving as the safety department and operations department head. During this tour, he deployed onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Arabian Gulf. After a successful tour with VAW124, he reported to the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., in January 2007, completing Joint Professional Military Education Phase Two and earning a master of arts degree in national security and strategic studies in March 2008. In September, he reported to the “Liberty Bells” of VAW-115 as the executive officer and subsequently as commanding officer making multiple deployments onboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). During his tour as commanding officer, the squadron successfully transitioned to the Hawkeye 2000, was recipient of the Naval Air Forces Battle Efficiency Award, the Commander Air Control and Logistics Wing Safety “S” Award and the Golden Anchor Award for retention. Following his command tour, Martin served in a joint assignment

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Anderson. “2016 team, this is your hometown.” Due to the large military presence and aviation training command on Naval Air Station Pensacola, the city is proud to call itself the “Cradle of Naval Aviation.” Blue Angels Flight Leader and Commanding Officer Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi spoke on behalf of the team when FORCM from page 1

liaison for the admiral on all matters affecting the enlisted force across the NETC domain, which includes quality of life matters and professional development. At the top of his list of accomplishments at NETC, Port cited coordinated the first round-table between education and training senior enlisted leaders across joint services, the resurgence of the Enlisted Board of Advisors focus on the Recruit Training Command. “I could always count on getting the unvarnished truth from Master Chief Port,” said Rear Adm. Mike White,

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Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.: A Bicentennial Defense Community Commanding Officer — Capt. Christopher Martin Public Affairs Officer — Patrick J. Nichols The Gosport nameplate pays homage to the 100th anniversary of naval aviation in 2011: the Centennial of Naval Aviation, or CONA. The image on the left side of the nameplate depicts Eugene Ely taking off in a Curtiss pusher bi-plane from the USS Pennsylvania Jan. 18, 1911. While Ely had taken off from the USS Birmingham two months earlier after his plane had been loaded on the ship, the USS Pennsylvania event was the first time a plane landed on and then took off from a U.S. warship.

most of all, contributions. In the 2015 drive, the Northwest Florida region collected a total of $372,328. “Last year, locally, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society gave $1 million in terms of interestfree loans and grants to our Sailors and Marines in need,” said Capt. Maureen Fox, Center for Information Dominance commanding officer and chair of the 2016 active-duty fund drive. “I am always amazed at the generosity of our active-duty team coming together to take care of our own Navy and Marine Corps family. This fund drive is a terrific opportunity to get to learn more about NavyMarine Corps Relief Society programs and to consider participating in the drive.” This year’s campaign theme is “By our own – For our own.” For more than 100 years, NMCRS has helped Sailors and

The image on the right side is the Navy’s most modern fighter aircraft, the F-18 Super Hornet. Established in 1921 as the Air Station News, the name Gosport was adopted in 1936. A gosport was a voice tube used by flight instructors in the early days of naval aviation to give instructions and directions to their students. The name “Gosport” was derived from Gosport, England (originally God’s Port), where the voice tube was invented. Gosport is an authorized newspaper published every Friday by Ballinger Publishing,

Marines and their families deal with crises, prepare for the future, solve problems, and find peace of mind through financial assistance and education. NMCRS also supports retired Sailors and Marines and the widows and children of Sailors and Marines who have died. The NMCRS offers a range of programs beyond emergency loans, including financial counseling, education assistance, health education and post-combat support, child budgeting, disaster relief, emergency travel funding, and access to thrift shops. “Every command has a fund drive key person, so if you haven’t been contacted yet or have questions, ask your key person,” said Mayfield. For more information on NMCRS and to participate in the Northwest Florida activeduty fund drive, visit http://nmcrsfunddrive.org/pensacola.

as an interagency representative for U.S. Southern Command (USSouthCom), representing USSouthCom at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State in Washington, D.C., earning designation as a joint qualified officer. In March 2014, he reported to the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., to serve as a military faculty member in the leadership and warfighting department. Martin has accumulated more than 3,000 hours and 400 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Service Medal, Meritorious Strike/Flight Air Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various unit, campaign and service awards. Rear Adm. Michael White, Commander, Naval Education and Training, was the guest speaker for the change of command ceremony. Hoskins, retiring after 27 years of naval service, plans to stay in the Pensacola area.

he said how happy everyone was to be back in Pensacola. “With the heartfelt thanks of the team, it’s wonderful to be home,” said Bernacchi. “We’re so proud to call Pensacola home and we’re so proud that you guys call us your team.” For more information on the Blue Angels, visit www.blueangels.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/blueangels, or www.twitter.com/blueangels.

NETC commander. “He was adept at keeping me informed about the impact our training was having on Sailors throughout the fleet, and in a domain as large as NETC, that is not an easy task.” Cole also has previous training billets under his belt. He served at the Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute in Pensacola as the senior instructor for the Aerospace Medicine “C” school, and is a master training specialist. He’s been a student, instructor, a training specialist and now the enlisted leader of everything related to the Navy’s education and training. Cole said he was excited and moti-

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vated to continue being the voice of his Sailors as NETC’s FORCM, which includes more than 8,000 instructors training more than 30,000 students on any given day in 227 training sites around the world. “I look forward to making sure Sailors are developing (their skills) and that their needs are being met while they focus on the needs of the fleet,” said Cole. “I want my Sailors to take the time to learn their rate, but also take advantage of all the opportunities the Navy has to offer.” Port will officially retire from the Navy in a ceremony April 1 at the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

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This military ball turned into a sentimental journey By Lisa Smith Molinari Military Spouse Columnist

“Holy cow, we’re old,” I thought, as we found our seats at a recent Joint Service Military Ball in Albany, N.Y. The ballroom was filled with more than 220 sharply dressed ROTC cadets and midshipmen from six colleges in the New York Capital Region – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Siena College, Union College, State University of New York at Albany, the College of Saint Rose and Hudson Valley Community College. By some stroke of good luck or coincidence, my husband, Francis, had been asked to be the guest of honor at the ball, and had enthusiastically accepted. Back in the 1980s when he was fresh out of Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, destined for intelligence school and his first tour of duty in an EA-6B squadron at Whidby Island, Wash., Francis never envisioned being a guest of honor at anything, much less making a career out of Navy service. Twenty-eight years later, Francis and I were feeling

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proud and sentimental. We’ve attended many military ceremonies over the years – promotions, retirements, commissionings and balls. There is a particular script that is followed at each event with minimal variation, so it’s easy to overlook the significance of the rituals or let one’s mind wander during the speeches. I’ll admit it, I’ve been guilty of taking it all for granted, focusing more on who wore what dress or who won the centerpiece or who botched the Electric Slide (it was usually Francis, by the way). But now, as my husband and I enter the twilight of our family’s time in the military, I’ve become a sentimental old fool. “Please rise for the presentation of the colors and the singing of the national anthem,” a cadet at the podium announced. I had seen it a million times, but I was worried about tearing up. In recent years, even the crackly recording of the morning national anthem blaring over the loudspeakers in our base housing neighborhood has made me patriotically pause between sips of coffee to get a little misty, and colors in the

About the columnist Lisa Smith Molinari, mother of three, has been a military spouse for more than 20 years. She also writes columns for Military Spouse magazine and a blog at w w w. t h e m e a t a n d potatoesoflife.com. She and her family are stationed at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island. evening instills a certain melancholy pride in our unique lifestyle. “Deep breaths,” I told myself, knowing that it wouldn’t be good to start the ball off

with an ugly cry face. The diverse color guard marched in precise lock step, placing the flags behind the podium. Four uniformed singers kept perfect harmony, as the entire crowd crooned, “For the land of the free! … And the home of the brave!” We raised glasses high, in a litany of customary toasts to the flag, the president, the Joint Chiefs, the cadets, and the midshipmen. The final toast to the prisoners of war and missing in action did me in, and I swept an escaped tear off my cheek as the master of ceremonies drew our attention to each traditional item – a rose, a lemon slice, salt and a candle – on the small symbolic empty table near the podium. “Salmon or chicken, ma’am?” the bow-tied waiter asked before plopping a steaming plate on the table in front of me. I ate enough to test the bounds of my Spanx, before settling in with a cup of coffee to watch Francis’ speech. Adjusting his cummerbund, Francis spoke to the roomful of bright young men and women about viewing themselves as part of a joint military profession that is

both ethical and competent. However, he explained, as military servicepersons, they do not just hold a job, “we live a lifestyle and carry on military traditions reaching back for centuries.” Before leaving the podium, Francis looked up and softened his voice. “As I approach the sunset of my military career, at times I wonder if I’ve made the right decisions in life, and have provided for my family as best I could, recognizing the hardships and sacrifices they’ve had to endure from time to time. But … when I remap my career back to May 22, 1988, when I raised my right hand in the recruiter’s office, I realize I wouldn’t change a single day of it. I am truly envious of you all who are just starting your journey …You have so much to look forward to.” After his first standing ovation, Francis took his seat, stunned, humbled and grateful. Then, the master of ceremonies took the podium one last time to announce the final time-honored military tradition: “We ask that you do not take the centerpieces. The dance floor is now open.”

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Women’s History Month: Rear Adm. Mary Jackson and Cmdr. Andria Slough From Defense Media Activity

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rom the Revolutionary War to current conflicts, women have played a crucial role in the security of our nation and the success of the U.S. Navy. Join us as we celebrate Women’s History Month by profiling women leaders and pioneers across the Navy.

Rear Adm. Mary Jackson Commander, Navy Region Southeast. Q: Why did you decide to join the Navy? A: I was looking for something different than a traditional college experience, and I wanted to study oceanography. I confess that I knew very little about the Navy and the Naval Academy, but my father was convinced I could not get in. At the time, I was much more focused on the adventure and a degree than I was on the Navy. I have been on a bow wave, along with a few other women, over the past 25 years as more and more opportunities have been open to women at sea and in our Navy. I never dreamed I would still be serving, but I continue to serve because I believe in our mission and I believe in the team of professionals I serve alongside. Q: Who have your role models or mentors been that have influenced you or helped to guide you throughout your Navy career? A: I try to learn from everyone I am around and absorb data points about their life that might apply to mine, professionally and personally. Those people that stand out are those that have helped me navigate the more challenging times. They took time to talk and brainstorm and listen. Often, the junior Sailors (and staff) were the incentive to work harder and

be better at my job. I remember a young boatswain’s mate who told me my ensign salute was goofy, and my first chief who challenged me to ensure my preventive maintenance boards were flawless. In light of women’s history, many women comment that they have never worked for women before. During my first sea tour onboard USS Willamette (AO-180), I served under two XOs who happened to be women. Those were the pioneers that started their careers in ships in the late 1970s. They were exceptional at their jobs, and they demonstrated, through action, that life as a surface warfare officer was rewarding. They, as well as many others, influence me every day. Q: Can you share a story about someone, perhaps someone in your family or otherwise, who has influenced you or challenged you to become more than perhaps even you ever thought you might? A: We never want to disappoint those people that mean the most to us. My father passed away suddenly from cancer during my first sea tour. He never saw me in my element. It is hard to believe that he has been gone for 26 years, but I am motivated everyday by his belief in me. And, by extension, my family keeps me grounded and reinforces the notion that our service makes a difference. Nothing is

Cmdr. Andria Slough Commanding Officer USS Porter (DDG 78). Q: Why did you decide to join/serve the Navy? A: By early high school my dreams of an adventurous career meant that I needed to be part of an organization that was big enough and progressive enough to offer me a fast-paced lifestyle with upward mobility. At my father’s suggestion and mother’s support, I applied to both the Air Force and Naval academies. After lengthy interviews with Con-

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gressman William Hughes’s nominating committee and staff, I received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. The ensuing candidate visit weekend

more rewarding than seeing your own children proud. Q: Tell us which past assignments are the most memorable to you and why? A: Every assignment has been memorable in its own way, but certainly commanding both USS McFaul (DDG-74) and Naval Station Norfolk were the highlights. It really is about being a part of a team, and nothing is better than being on the winning team. As daunting as the responsibility of command may seem, the rewards of seeing a team come together, focused on the mission, and making a difference are very humbling. I loved being at sea and being able to sit in the captain’s chair on the bridge and watch the team sail and fight our

absolutely convinced me the Navy was my opportunity to start a career. Since then, I have been drawn to the Navy by the extremely interesting work, the high quality of the people that I have worked for and with, and the wonderful places that I have been able to visit over 40 countries so far. Q: Who have your role models or mentors been that have influenced you or helped to guide you? My role models and mentors have been many and phenomenal. My grandfather was a retired Air Force colonel and he and my grandmother

capital ship at sea. Serving as an installation commanding officer, I added a whole new skillset tied to infrastructure, energy, and managing large portfolios of people and resources across diverse programs supporting our warfighters and their families. I am very proud as a region commander of the deeply dedicated professionals, both military and civilian, who work tirelessly to support our fleet, fighter and family. Q: What does being a leader in the Navy mean to you? A: Being a leader is about remembering what it is like to be a follower. I always try to remember where I came from and to understand other people’s back-

taught me how to read and swim before I entered kindergarten, which I started a year early. My father and mother constantly pushed education, challenged me to take the tough courses, and paid for equipment and extra education from their limited, hard earned income any time I needed it. At the U.S. Naval Academy, now retired Capt. Mary Jo Sweeney gave me constant tips and help in getting through the rigors of midshipman life. Q: What does being a leader in the Navy mean to you? A: First, a leader

grounds and what they bring to the team. We all come with strengths and weaknesses, and that is good. Realizing the human side of our profession, and building that into our collective strength is our center of gravity. A leader of a team, large or small, influences the direction, positively or negatively, of this center of gravity. Some days are easier than others. But, the opportunity to serve means the opportunity to impact. I believe in people, and I believe in being humble. There is nothing more enriching than knowing the mission, working hard towards the objective, and seeing the smiles of pride on the faces of the professionals you are entrusted to lead. They make it happen.

should always remember it is a privilege to lead the officers and crew of a ship, especially one as advanced as Porter. It is the leaders’ job to create an environment in which the crew can bring their talents and diversity together to accomplish the assigned task as well as satisfy their desires and needs. Today’s ships are way too complex for a single person to operate; the leader is responsible for building a cohesive environment in which every member must is fully integrated into the team. Second, a leader must also instill a sense of her-

itage into the crew. They should be proud of the Porter family and namesakes, proud of their lineage as U.S. Navy Sailors, and proud of their shipmates. Third, a leader must drive everything toward excellence in all aspects of shipboard life. It’s dangerous out here, and settling for mediocrity won’t bring us home from patrol every time. Finally, a leader must demand excellence without arrogance. We must never forget how, just a few short months ago, we were the Sailors learning a new task or developing a new concept.


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NASP’s VT-10 hosts fleet fly-in Hands-on opportunity provides a closer look at advanced aviation training possibilities Photos by Mike O’Connor Gosport Associate Editor

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AS Pensacola students in the aviation training pipeline got a closer look at various types of Navy aircraft and the opportunity to talk with crew members at a fleet fly-in March 18.

(Left-right) Lockheed EP-3, Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye and Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet model aircraft line up at NAS Pensacola’s Forrest Sherman Field March 18 for Training Squadron 10’s (VT-10) fleet fly-in. Flight students as well as their family members were given the chance to tour aircraft and talk to crew members, who answered questions about duty or flight in a particular aircraft or squadron.

(Left) Under an aircraft protective enclosure behind VT-10, naval flight officers in training tour the cockpit and quiz crew members of an F/A-18.

(Right) A line forms to go onboard an E-2 Hawkeye, an all-weather, carriercapable airborne early warning aircraft. Hawkeyes act as the electronic “eyes of the fleet.”

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Onboard a Boeing P-8A Poseidon, VP-30’s Lt. Lindsey Asdal (right) fields questions from VT-6’s Ens. Kyle Shields.

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Dekraai to assume command of HT-28 By Jay Cope NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs

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mdr. Jeffrey D. Ketcham transfered command of Helicopter Training Squadron 28 (HT-28) to Marine Lt. Col. Cory E. Dekraai, March 24 at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) Auditorium. The 10 a.m. ceremony marked the transition of authority from one officer to the other in front of the assembled staff, instructors and students. Retired Rear Adm. Tim Heeley, served as the guest speaker for the occasion. Ketcham served as the squadron’s commanding officer for approximately 15 months and an additional 15 months as executive officer. He assumed command of HT-28 in December 2014. Under Ketcham’s leadership, HT-28 completed more than 55,000 flight

hours and flew more than 22,000 sorties, producing a total of 376 new unrestricted naval aviators. Ketcham has been deployed around the world, including the North Sea, Caribbean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch, PANAMAX 2005, humanitarian response to Hurricane Katrina, and counter-piracy operations. He completed shore tours in Omaha, Neb., Patuxent River, Md., and attended the

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Cmdr. Jeffrey D. Ketcham

Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Dekraai’s support as executive officer has certainly played an important role in HT-28’s successes, and he will strive to continue the unit’s tradition of excellence as commanding officer. Prior to reporting to HT-28, Dekraai served at Marine Corps Forces Command, Norfolk, Va. He served as the tilt rotor and rotary wing operations officer, responsi-

ble for sourcing, coordinating, and validating Marine Corps tilt rotor and rotary wing activities. Ketcham leaves the “Hellions” to accept orders as the navigator for the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) out of Norfolk, Va. Cmdr. Robert Dulin will replace Dekraai as the executive officer for the squadron.

NASWF volunteers help with community cleanup Story, photo by Lt.j.g. Andrew Bertucci NASWF Public Affairs Staff

While being recognized for his outstanding community service on Feb. 25 AB1 David D. Hernandez encountered an opportunity to assist a veteran in need of help following the recent storms that hit the Florida Panhandle. Retired Navy Capt. Walt Reese sat at Hernandez’s table during the Margaret Flowers Civic Award ceremony and discussed how the storm had left his yard a mess. Hearing the extent of the work that needed to be done, Hernandez decided to do what he could to help in any way possible. Reese joined the Navy in May 1943 with a career spanning through World War II, the Korean War and Viet-

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The group of volunteers, organized by AB1 David D. Hernandez, work together to clear three fallen trees in a Milton community member’s front yard.

nam. Having served in the aviation community for 30 years Reese has a deep respect and understanding for the training that goes on at NAS Whiting Field. Having recently turned 90 years old

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Reese was not able to do the work himself and that is why he appreciated Hernandez’s efforts on his behalf. “We all know Mr. Reese as a gentleman and upstanding citizen who served our

country and our Navy for a very long time. We wanted to make sure to give back to him and help in any way we could. He has been a big support to NAS Whiting Field and it is important to

help those in need in our community,” Hernandez said. Hernandez, along with ABH2 Richard Sharpe, organized the removal of three trees and cleanup of the debris scattered across the front lawn. Sharpe assisted the project by providing various tools and equipment such as a mower and wheelbarrow that greatly helped expedite the cleanup March 16. Hernandez organized a team of 10 chiefs and first class petty officers who throughout the morning were able to remove the fallen trees and debris. “They have done an absolutely great job today. The Navy has been good to me and continues to, thanks to Petty Officer Hernandez and these volunteers,” said Reese.

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NEX announces Easter holiday hours Navy Exchange (NEX) officials have announced special hours for Easter Sunday, March 27. • The Navy Exchange Mall, 5600 Highway 98 West, will be open from noon to 6 p.m. • The NEX package store at the mall will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • The NEX Aviation Plaza, 250 Saufley Street at NAS Pensacola, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • The NASP Corry Station Mini Mart will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • The NASP Mini Mart will be closed. For more information, go to www.mynavy exchange.com.

Flora-Bama run/walk to be March 26

Partyline submissions You can submit information for possible publication in Partyline by sending an e-mail to Janet.Thomas.ctr@navy.mil. Submissions must include the organization’s name and details about events including times, dates, locations and any costs involved. Contact information also is required. All submissions are subject to editing to comply with established standards. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance. The deadline is noon Friday for the next week’s publication.

The Flora-Bama will present the third annual Beach Run/Walk for America’s Warriors 5K and half marathon tomorrow, March 26. All registration fees will be donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (warrior@specialops.org), which ensures financial aide and counseling to families of fallen heroes. The race will be held on the beach starting at 7:30 a.m. for the half marathon and 9 a.m. for the 5K run/walk. Entry fees (donations) are $55 for the half marathon and $35 for 5K run/walk. For more information, contact Jenifer Surface Ivey at jenifer@florabama.com or go to www.flora bama.com.

The annual reunion of the Veterans of Underage Military Service (VUMS) is scheduled for April 1821 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. If you are interested in attended the reunion or want more information about the organization, contact Al Brandon, VUMS Southeast regional commander, at 543-7595.

New training offered to help couples

Work on trail to target invasive plants

The NAS Pensacola chaplain’s office is offering the new PREP 8.0 training designed to teach couples communication skills and ground rules for handling conflict; it also promotes intimacy. A training session is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 1 at the J.B. McKamey Center, Bldg. 634, NAS Pensacola. It is open to any active duty member and spouse or fiancée. Civilian DoD employees and retired military are also welcome For more information, call 452-2093, or e-mail CREDO facilitator Tony Bradford at tony.bradford.ctr@navy.mil.

A work day to help eliminate exotic invasive plants that are invading Florida and damaging the ecosystem is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow, March 26, at Blackwater Heritage State Trail in Santa Rosa County. Volunteers will meet at the visitor center parking lot. Officials recommend wearing long-sleeves and closedtoe shoes. You also should bring a water bottle, sun protection, bug spray and work gloves. For more information, e-mail Tess.Busch@dep.state.fl.us or Troy.Groff@dep.state.fl.us.

Charity golf tournament to be April 1

USO Northwest Florida and Hire Heroes USA are presenting a Transition 360 Alliance Workshop featuring resume building, navigation of online search tools such as LinkedIn, interview skills, strategic planning for employment and goal setting. The workshop is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5-6 in the second floor conference room at the Pensacola International Airport, 2430 Airport Drive. The USO and Hire Heroes USA began partner-

Pen Air Federal Credit Union will present the 16th annual charity golf tournament April 1 at the A.C. Read Golf Course aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. The event benefits the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society’s Active Duty Fund Drive. The tournament features a luncheon and putting contest at 11 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Registration begins at $75 for individual

golfers and $300 for a team of four players. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Interested golfers should contact Patty Veal at 505-3200, ext. 7777.

Reunion planned for underage veterans

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ing in 2010 and since then they have collectively helped more than 5,000 service members benefit from career development resources. For more information, go to www.uso.org/transition360 or www.uso.org/northwestflorida.

Transition job fair to be April 15

The NASP Fleet and Family Service Center Transition Assistance Program has scheduled a job fair for 9 a.m. to noon April 15 at the NASP Gateway Inn Conference Center, Bldg. 3249. For more information, call 452-4369 or 452-5620 or e-mail lara.sabanosh@navy.mil, debra.sampson.ctr@navy.mil or NASP_TAMP@navy.mil.

April 8 event to focus on safety, health

Pensacola Naval Aviation School’s Command (NASC) and the Naval Aviation Technical Training Center (NATTC) has scheduled the Spring Health and Safety Fair for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8 at the NATTC Aviation Support Hangar, Bldg. 3460. Topics include driving and boating safety, hurricane preparedness, free health screenings and other more health and safety education information. For more information, contact the NASC Safety Officer at 452-4577.

Enrollment open for NASP cadet units

Interested youths can enroll in NAS Pensacola’s U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (13-18 years old) and U.S. Navy League Cadet Corps (10-14 years old). The unit meets one weekend per month throughout the year. Cadets participate in civic activities and training events to develop a sense of pride, patriotism, courage and self-reliance. The program is open to both military and non-military affiliated youths. For more information, go to www.seacadets.org or contact Luis Sepulveda at asiso@yahoo.com.

LSU alumni event features crawfish

The Panhandle Bayou Bengals, LSU Alumni Chapter-Pensacola, will present its annual Crawfish Boil from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 23 at Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze. Crawfish will be served at 2:30 p.m. The menu will include Cajun boiled crawfish, corn, potatoes, Cajun sausage, hot dogs and drinks. Raffles, auctions, LSU merchandise sales and music will round out the day’s activities. Cost is $30 for members and $40 for non members while tickets last. Deadline to preorder tickets is April 13. Net proceeds are used to fund a scholarship endowment fund. For more information, contact John Spurny at 733-9583 or 449-1342. You can also sent an e-mail to lsupanhandle@hotmail.com.


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USS Oriskany 10 years after sinking, ‘the Great Carrier Reef’

> Life begins at 78 feet

serves divers, fish and fishermen From VisitPensacola.com

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o commemorate the 10th anniversary of the reefing of the former USS Oriskany in May, Visit Pensacola invites explorers of all ages to visit this historic seaport, located on the northwest edge of Florida, and explore some of Pensacola’s most incredible scenery hidden beneath the waves. Pensacola is home to a number of shipwrecks from centuries past, including the Emanuel Point I and II wrecks from the fleet of Don Tristán de Luna’s 1559 colonization attempt, as well as more recent wrecks and artificial reefs, including the USS Massachusetts and the Oriskany, known as the “Mighty O.” On May 17, 2006, the Oriskany became the first U.S. warship scuttled under a Navy pilot program to convert decommissioned naval ships as artificial reefs. Explosive charges were detonated along the retired 911-foot naval aircraft carrier, and at 44,000 tons, the Mighty O sank stern-first in just 37 minutes to become, by far, the largest vessel ever sunk to make a reef. The massive warship now rests upright on the sandy bottom, 212 feet below the

surface of the Gulf of Mexico about 24 miles southeast of Pensacola Pass. In the 10 years since her sinking, the Oriskany has put Pensacola on the map as a diving spot. The ship holds prolific sea life – from tiny sponges to Goliath grouper to sneaky sharks – with superb opportunities for underwater video and photography. Divers from as far as Australia, Japan, Sweden and Russia have returned from the depths singing the praises of the Mighty O, and CNN dubbed the wreck “The Great Carrier Reef.” The Mighty O has also become a big lure for history and military buffs, including veterans who once served on the ship. Commissioned shortly after World War II, the ship served primarily in the Pacific, earning two battle

A diver explores the waters around the wreck of the former USS Oriskany. Photo by Keith Mille, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

stars for service in the Korean War and 10 battle stars for service in the Vietnam War. Although the Mighty O may be out of commission above the water, that is certainly not the case below. The ship is visible to divers at every skill level, however accessing the ship’s flight deck region requires an advanced diving certification since it is located at 145 feet — about 15 feet outside the recreational diving limit. Her crown, or island, can be approached at 78 feet in

May 15, 2006 – Guided by a flotilla of tugboats and small craft, the former U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CV-34) passes in front of Pensacola’s historic Fort Pickens as the warship makes its way along the Intracoastal Waterway from its last port call at Naval Air Station Pensacola to its final destination in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by Mike O'Connor

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emerald-clear water where visibility averages 70 to 150-plus feet. In addition to the Oriskany, Pensacola offers four other shipwreck sites along the Florida Shipwreck Dive Trail (http://www. florida panhandle divetrail.com). They include: • Three Coal Barges – The wreckage of these barges creates a bridge of undersea habitat and is a great location for beginning divers to practice. • San Pablo – A freighter ship sunk in 1944, her wreckage is scattered across the seafloor where divers can explore huge sections of twisted metal – home to an impressive array of marine life. • Pete Tide II – Reefed in 1993 about 12 miles south of Pensacola Pass, the Pete Tide II is intact and upright and easy to penetrate. Sea turtles, triggerfish and schools of red snapper and amberjack can often be found there. • YDT-14 – One of two

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Navy diving tenders sunk in 2000, the ship is home to resident barracudas. In addition to the Panhandle Shipwreck Trail, several other local dive sites are accessible to divers of various skill levels including the USS Massachusetts, commissioned in 1896 – one of the nation’s oldest battleships, located just 25 feet down about 1.5 miles from the Pensacola shore — and the 400-foot freighter Antares in Pensacola Pass, a favorite spearfishing destination. No scuba diving certifi-

cation? Don’t worry. For those who prefer snorkeling in shallow waters, there is an extensive artificial reef system along Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. Park East is located about 1.4 miles east of Portofino Island Resort on Pensacola Beach. The reef on Perdido Key can be accessed from the public beach area off Sandy Key Drive. The reefs are located 500 feet off shore where snorkelers will find a variety of fish, sea turtles and sea life in the clear waters of the Gulf.

Oriskany slips beneath the waves May 17, 2006. U.S. Navy photo

Jokes & Groaners Spring is sprung ...

Color Me ‘Spring flowers’

A group of Yale students are traveling around the South on their spring break. They passed an old man, sitting on a porch. “Where you boys from?” asked the man. “Yale,” they replied. So the old man stood up and shouted, “WHERE YOU BOYS FROM!” Q: What do you call a rabbit with fleas? A: Bugs Bunny. Q: What does the Easter Rabbit get for making a basket? A: Two points, just like everybody. Q: Can February March? A: No, but April May. Q: What season is it when you are on a trampoline? A: Spring-time. Q: Why is the letter A like a flower? A: A bee (B) comes after it.


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March 25, 2016

NAS Pensacola command’s SoQs recognized From staff reports

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he NAS Pensacola command’s Sailors of the Quarter, first quarter (fiscal year 2016) were recognized at an awards ceremony held March 15 at NAS Pensacola’s Forrest Sherman Field. Those recognized include Senior Sailor of the Quarter (SSoQ) AC1 Elizabeth Viger, Sailor of the Quarter (SoQ) DC2 Ikenasio Ioane, Junior Sailor of the Quarter (JSoQ) RP3 Braelen Gasser, and Bluejacket of the Quarter (BJoQ) ABEAN Yanique Harris. According to Harris’writeup for BJoQ, she “continually exhibited an exceptionally high degree of professionalism as honor guard team member for NASP Honor Guard Division of (NASP) Administrative Department. Your enthusiasm and initiative have contributed greatly to the efficiency of the administrative department and the command as a whole.” Gasser was selected as JSoQ “in recognition of outstanding performance ... You have continually exhibited an exceptionally high degree of professionalism as the religious program specialist for chaplain office. Your enthusiasm and initiative have contributed greatly to the efficiency of the chaplain office and the command as a whole. Your performance and devotion to duty have been in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States naval service.”

SoQ Ioane was chosen “as Sailor of the Quarter for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, from among the E-5 personnel of Naval Air Station Pensacola staff. You have continually exhibited an exceptionally high degree of professionalism as honor guard division leading petty officer for NASP Honor Guard Division of (NASP) Administrative Department. Your enthusiasm and initiative have

contributed greatly to the efficiency of the administrative department and the command as a whole. Your performance and devotion to duty have been in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States naval service.”

SSoQ Viger was selected “from among the E-6 personnel of (NASP) staff. You have continually exhibited an exceptionally high degree of professionalism while serving as an sector controller, (NASP) Air Traffic Control Division,

Air Operations Department, (NASP) ... Your performance and devotion to duty have been in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States naval service. It is with great pleasure that I congratulate you on a job ‘well done.’ ”

AC1 Elizabeth Viger

DC2 Ikenasio Ioane

RP3 Braelen Gasser

ABEAN Yanique Harris

NAS Pensacola Sailors attended command quarters – the last with NASP CO Capt. Keith Hoskins (center) – at NASP’s Forrest Sherman Field March 15. (Above) The command’s Sailors of the Quarter (left-right) Bluejacket of the Quarter (BJoQ) ABEAN Yanique Harris, Junior Sailor of the Quarter (JSoQ) RP3 Braelen Gasser, Sailor of the Quarter (SoQ) DC2 Ikenasio Ioane and Senior Sailor of the Quarter (SSoQ) AC1 Elizabeth Viger. Photos by Mike O’Connor

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Fourth graders competing to name ferry boats From the National Park Service

Gulf Islands National Seashore (GINS) and members of the Pensacola community are making plans for the Pensacola Bay ferry service scheduled to begin in 2017, and are seeking the participation of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties’ fourth-grade classes in a boat-naming contest. Two 150 passenger, double-decker catamaran ferry boats are under construction. Students from the winning classes will be invited as special guests to the ribbon-cutting ceremony in 2017, and will get a free ride on the ferry’s inaugural trip for themselves and up to three family members. The ferry boat naming contest is part of the National Park Service’s Every Kid in a Park initiative, which

offers free annual national park passes to all fourth-grade students. GINS Superintendent Dan Brown has invited fourth grade classes to think of creative names that are relevant to the seashore’s natural and cultural resources, and he is encouraging each class to submit two names. Submittal forms and instructions have been sent to every fourth grade teacher in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Important dates are: • April 18, 2016: Entries are due by 5 p.m. via e-mail to brent_everitt@ nps.gov. • May 16, 2016: Winners are sched-



uled to be announced. • March 2017: Inaugural VIP ferry ride for students and families from winning classrooms. Here are some of the submission rules: • The Every Kid in a Park Program engages fourth graders, so only fourth grade classes are eligible to submit entries to the contest. • Fourth grade teachers may submit two names per classroom (one entry form). • Names must be relevant to GINS natural or cultural resources. In 1971, Congress established the

seashore area “in order to preserve for public use and enjoyment certain areas possessing outstanding natural, historic, and recreational values.� For more than 40 years the National Park Service has preserved the designated seashore area in keeping with that purpose. The Pensacola Bay ferry service will provide an alternative means of visitor access to the GISNS and Fort Pickens. The ferry will also allow visitors to access the park if the road to Fort Pickens is made impassable by storms or other unfavorable conditions. For more information on Gulf Islands National Seashore go to www.nps.gov/guis. More information on the Every Kid in a Park initiative go to www.everykidinapark.gov.

 



   

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The annual Easter Eggstravaganza is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow, March 26, at Blue Angel Recreation Park, 2100 Bronson Road. More than 10,000 eggs will be hidden with prizes and toys for children. There also will be fun activities to keep your family entertained all afternoon. The Easter Bunny will be visiting, so bring your camera. Egg hunts, inflatable games, crafts, activities and a photo booth are scheduled. Admission is free for all MWR authorized patrons. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more infor- Children have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny during last mation, call 452-3806. year’s Easter Eggstravaganza event.

Events include egg hunts, sunrise services From staff reports

Several other egg hunts as well as Easter sunrise services are scheduled in the Pensacola area. • The Egga-Wahooza, a free Easter egg hunt with 50,000 eggs, is scheduled for tomorrow, March 26, at Blue Wahoos Stadium. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are teaming up with Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, the City of Pensacola Community Maritime Park-Associates, Pensacola Parks and Recreation department and Cat Country 98.7 to present the event. Children will be divided into age groups up to fifth grade and sent out at 2 p.m.

Registration opens at 1 p.m. For more information, go to bluewahoos.com. • The Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon has scheduled an Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow, March 26, at Perdido Kids Park, 10015 Gulf Beach Highway. The event will include games and prizes and the Easter Bunny will be there. • An Easter Egg Hunt & Kids’ Fun Day is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow, March 26, at Flora-Bama Lounge and Package on Perdido Key. Admission is free: all are reminded to bring your own baskets. The Easter Bunny will parachute in to greet chil-

dren after the egg hunt and hang around to take pictures. There will also be crafts, games, and face painting. For more information, call 4920611. • A Son-Rise Service will be presented by Marcus Pointe Baptist Church at 6:30 a.m. March 27 at Blue Wahoos Stadium. For more information, go to bluewahoos.com. • An Easter Sunrise Sunday, is scheduled for 6 a.m. March 27 at Big Lagoon State Park. • Worship on the Water will present an Easter Sunrise Service behind the Flora-Bama Lounge at 6:30 a.m. March 27. For more information, call 492-0611.

At the movies FRIDAY

“Eddie the Eagle,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Gods of Egypt” (3D), PG-13, 7:30 p.m.; “The Choice,” PG-13, 5:30 p.m.; “Deadpool,” R, 8 p.m.

SATURDAY

“Risen,” PG-13, noon; “Gods of Egypt” (3D), PG-13, 2:30 p.m.; “Zoolander 2,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “How to be Single,” R, 7:30 p.m.; “The Choice,” PG-13, 12:30 p.m.; “Eddie the Eagle,” PG-13, 3 p.m.; “Deadpool,” R, 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

SUNDAY

“Gods of Egypt” (3D), PG-13, 11:30 a.m.; “Risen,” PG-13, 2 p.m.; “Deadpool,” R, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; “The Choice,” PG-13, 12:30 p.m.; “Eddie the Eagle,” PG13, 3 p.m.; “The Witch,” R, 5:30 p.m.; “How to be Single,” R, 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY

“Eddie the Eagle,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Deadpool,” R, 7:10 p.m.; “Hail, Caesar!,” PG13, 5:10 p.m.; “The Choice,” PG-13, 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY

“Zoolander 2,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Gods of Egypt” (3D), PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “Risen,” PG-13, 5:10 p.m.; “Deadpool,” R, 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

“Eddie the Eagle,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “Race,” PG-13, 7:10 p.m.; “The Witch,” R, 5:30 p.m.; “Deadpool,” R, 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY

“Zoolander 2,” PG-13, 5 p.m.; “How to be Single,” R, 7:10 p.m.; “The Choice,” PG13, 5:10 p.m.; “Deadpool,” R, 7:30 p.m.

COST Regular: $3 adults, $1.50 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger 3D shows: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-11, free for 5 and younger

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The NASP Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department has a number of upcoming events and activities. For more information, call 452-3806, ext. 3100, or go to the MWR website at www.navymwrpensacola.com. • Spring into Motion Incentive Program: Continues through June 20. Earn points for every 30 minutes of cardio. Free to participate. Register at front desk at Radford Fitness Center. For more information, call 452-9845. • Learn to sail: Reserve your space now. Classes begin in April at Blue Angel Naval Recreation • Foolish French Area. Beginner classes are sched- Roast Fun Run, Mile uled for 10 a.m. to & A Half Dash: 7 a.m. 3 p.m. April 2 and April 1, seawall across April 16. Cost is from Starbucks. Who $35. Intermediate wouldn’t want to run classes are sched- like a fool for coffee? All uled for 10 a.m. to jokes aside, there is no 3 p.m. April 9 and better way to start April April 23. Cost is Fool’s Day than with a $40. For informa- fun run, and a free cup tion or to make of coffee. There is no reservations, call cost to participate. For more information, call 281-5489. • Youth Sports: Call Radford Fitness Soccer, baseball, Center at 452-9845. and T-ball registrations being accepted from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the NASP Youth Center. Open to all dependents ages 4-14 of active-duty, retired military, DoD employees, contractors and reservists. $50 registration fee per child includes uniform and trophy. For more information, call 452-3810. • Captain’s Cup Sports: Eligible patrons are active duty and spouses, Ready Reservists, DoD and permanent contracted personnel. NAS Pensacola, Blue Angel Park Paintball Fields, 8 a.m. April 23. Five person teams. Register by April 15. For information, call 452-4391 or 452-4392. NASP Corry Station, Horseshoe pits, April 21-May 18. Two person teams. Registration ends April 13. Paintball Tournament, 8:30 a.m. May 7 at Blue Angel Recreation Park. Five player teams. Registration ends April 25. For more information, call 452-6520. • A.C. Read Spring Junior Golf Program: Entries being taken. The program runs through May 6. Beginners and experienced juniors encouraged to participate. Participation is limited. Find registration form at www.navymwrpensacola.com. For more information, call 452-2454. • Auto repairs: NASP Corry Station, Bldg. 1006. Do vehicle repairs yourself. Center has tools, manuals (online), equipment, lifts and stalls, as well as knowledgeable staff to assist. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays. Lift rates $6 an hour, $30 a day. For information, call 452-6542. • Armed Forces Day Run with Color: 8 a.m. May 21 at Portside Fitness Center. Open to all eligible MWR patrons.

Liberty activities Liberty program events target young, unaccompanied active-duty military. New hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Regular events are scheduled at the main Liberty Center in the Portside Entertainment Complex. You must sign up in advance for off-base trips. For more information, call 452-2372 or go to http://naspensacolamwr.com/singsail/liberty.htm.


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If you are a victim of sexual assault, it is not your fault. Help for victims of sexual assault in the DoD community is a call, click or text away: The SafeHelpline provides live, one-on-one crisis support and information by trained staff. Call: (877) 995-5247; click: www.SafeHelpline.org; or text: 55-247, CONUS; (202) 470-5546, OCONUS (may be extra charges for OCONUS). The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program provides prevention, intervention and a 24/7/365 response to non-intimate partner adult victims of sexual assault. Active-duty and adult family member sexual assault victims have a choice of reporting options, unrestricted and restricted. Unrestricted reporting allows victim to have an advocate, seek medical care, counseling, legal services, safety interventions and/or transfer, etc. To access an unrestricted report, the victim may report to his/her chain-ofcommand, security/law enforcement, NCIS, SAPR VA, SARC, or others. NCIS shall be notified by the CO and/or the VA/SARC in unrestricted cases to begin investigation. Investigation results are provided to the offender’s CO for appropriate action/disposition. Restricted reporting allows a victim to have a confidential report, which does not trigger command or law enforcement notification and the victim may have a SAPR VA and seek medical care and/or counseling. To access restricted reporting, the victim may disclose his/her sexual assault only to the SARC, a current SAPR VA, a health care professional and/or a chaplain. To contact the NASP 24/7 Victim Advocate, call 449-9231/2. For the Civilian Victim Advocate, call 293-4561. To contact the duty SARC, call the SARC cell at 554-5606.

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NASP Easter schedule Catholic services • Stations of the Cross: 5:30 p.m. each Friday during Lent (through March 25), Our Lady of Loreto Chapel, NASP. • Lenten Suppers: 6 p.m. each Friday during Lent (through March 25), McKamey Center, NASP. • Good Friday: Veneration of the cross and communion, 3 p.m. March 25, Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil Mass, 8 p.m. March 26, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Easter Sunday: March 27. Mass at 8:30 a.m. at Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel and noon at NASP Corry Station chapel. Easter Egg hunt, 9:30 a.m.

Protestant services • Good Friday: Noon, March 25, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Easter Sunday: 10:15 a.m. March 27, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel. • Younger Louder Later Contemporary Service: 6 p.m. March 27, All Faiths Chapel. • Easter Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m. March 27, Five Flags Pavilion.

• Service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel. • Meeting: 6 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Thursday, J.B. McKamey Center. For information, call 452-2341.

NASP Corry Station weekly schedule Protestant • Worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday. • Fellowship, 11:30 a.m. Sunday. • Contemporary worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship at 7:30 p.m.

Latter Day Saints • Service, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Roman Catholic

• Mass, noon Sunday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. For information, call 452-6376.

NAS Whiting Field weekly schedule Protestant • Weekly chapel service, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. For information, call 623-7212.

Roman Catholic • Mass, 11 a.m. Friday.

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Jewish

• Worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Contemporary service, 6 p.m. Sunday, All Faiths Chapel.

• B’nai Israel Synagogue, 1829 North Ninth Ave., services 7 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 433-7311. • Temple Beth El, 800 North Palafox St., services 7 p.m. Friday (6 p.m. first Friday of each month). For more information, call 438-3321 or go to http://templebethelof pensacola.org.

Roman Catholic • Sunday Mass, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 1982. • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Our Lady of Loreto Chapel. • Confessions: 30 minutes before services. Latter Day Saints

Seventh-day Adventist • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1080 North Blue Angel Parkway, service at 11 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 453-3442.

The NASP Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), 151 Ellyson Ave., Bldg. 625, is offering the following: • Parenting Tips for Blended Families: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. March 28. A discussion of living in a blended family. All military parents welcome. For more information or to register, call 452-5609. • Stress Management Workshop: 10 a.m. to noon, every first and third Thursday. Learn stress management and relaxation techniques. While elimination of stress is unrealistic, management of stress can be achieved by a number of strategies. For more information or to register, call 452-5609. • TRICARE Benefits for Active Duty: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 30. TRICARE (Prime or Standard) is the Department of Defense’s health care program available to elegible beneficiaries in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Learn more about your TRICARE, dental and pharmancy benefits. For more information or to make reservations, call 452-5609.

Community Outreach NASP Community Outreach has volunteer opportunities are available. The NASP Community Outreach office also tracks volunteer hours. Report hourstoreceiveduerecognition. For more information, call 4522532 or e-mail nasp_comm_ outreach@Navy.mil.

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